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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Fan HO
何藩 | HO Fan

I had worked in Hong Kong’s biggest film company, an organization concerned solely with box office. You had no creative choice but to make whatever the boss asked you. In photography, I was able to free myself from that bondage, freely expressing myself. To young artists: don’t be driven by the economic incentives of the society, but be true to yourself.

(Excerpted from http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/2/9/15/n215710.htm)


Ho Fan was born in Shanghai in 1937 and grew up in Hong Kong, graduating from the Chinese Department of New Asia College, the predecessor of Chinese University. Fond of photography while in school, he became one of Hong Kong’s best known photographers, winning 267 international awards between 1954 and 1969, and had published many volumes of photography, including Thoughts on Street Photography (1960), Modern Photography (1972), Complete Collection of Ho Fan’s International Award-Winning Photographic Art (1982), Hong Kong Yesterday (2006) and Living Theatre (2009).

Ho joined Shaw Brothers in 1961, first doing continuity on the film The Swallow (1961), then as an actor, working his way from supporting roles to lead character in The Monkey Goes West (1966), followed by appearances in the film’s sequels Princess Iron Fan (1966), The Cave of Silken Web (1967) and Land of Many Perfumes (1968).

Ho was interested in directing early on. His experimental film Gulf (1965) won an award at a film festival in England and Lost (1969, co-directed with Sun Po-ling) was shown in Cannes.

He made his feature debut with Love and Blood (1973), followed by a steady lineup of films in the 1970s through the mid 1990s, mostly erotic films or romances. True to Ho’s devotion to photography, his work is marked by pictorial beauty. Key works include Adventure in Denmark (1973), The Miserable Girl (1975), Girl with the Long Hair (1975), Innocent Lost (1977), Taipei, My Love (1980), Expensive Taste (1982), Lock of Heart (1987), Yu Pu Tsuen (1987), Temptation Summary (1980), Hidden Desire (1992) and Sichuan Concubines (1994).

Since 1982, Ho had been teaching at universities in Taiwan, lecturing on photography and film. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1995 and had staged exhibitions of his work in New York and San Francisco. In 2012, he was named by Invisible Photographer Asia as one of Asia’s most influential photographers.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1994 《罌粟》
Sichuan Concubines
1993 《不羈的心》
Wild at Heart CHIN Man Kei Cash
1992 《我為卿狂》
Hidden Desire
1991 《四度誘惑》
Temptation Summary II
1990 《豪門聖女》
L'Air Du Temps
1990 《三度誘惑》
Temptation Summary
1989 《夜激情》
Erotic Nights
1988 《慾燄濃情》
Brief Encounter
1987 《心鎖》
Lock of Heart
1987 《浮世風情繪》
Yu Pu Tsuen
1985 《花女情狂》
Smile Again
1982 《花劫》
Expensive Taste
1980 《臺北吾愛》
Taipei, My Love
1978 《淫獸》
The Notorious Frameup
1978 《哈囉床上夜歸人》
(Segment: Bed )
Sexy Late Homecomers
1978 《哈囉床上夜歸人》
Hello, Sexy Late Homecomers HSIA Tsu Hui WONG Fung HUA Shan LI Han Hsiang SUEN Chung
1978 《哈囉床上夜歸人》
Hello Sexy Late Homecomers WONG Fung HUA Shan HSIA Tsu Hui LI Han Hsiang SUEN Chung
1977 《戇哥哥》
1977 《初哥.初女.初夜情》
Innocent Lost
1976 《賣身》
Body For Sale
1975 《昨夜星辰昨夜風》
The Miserable Girl
1975 《長髮姑娘》
Girl with the Long Hair
1974 《空中少爺》
The Adventurous Air-Steward
1973 《春滿丹麥》
Adventure in Denmark
1972 《血愛》
Love and Blood
1969 《迷》